Suzan BatesonExecutive Director
Suzan W. Bateson has been the Executive Director of Alameda County Community Food Bank since 2001. During this time, the Food Bank has nearly quadrupled its budget, doubled its roster of employees, and more than tripled its annual food distribution to 36 million pounds. Under the organization’s current strategic plan, of which Suzan led the development and implementation, Alameda County Community Food Bank—through its multitude of innovative services—is on track to provide the equivalent of 90 million meals annually. The organization’s success and bold approach earned it Feeding America’s national food bank of the year in 2016.
In 2005, Suzan was the first Food Bank leader in the nation to stop the distribution of carbonated beverages, promising her board of directors that she would replace the million-pound loss in distribution with farm-fresh produce. Since then, the Food Bank has increased its distribution of produce from 1 million to 20 million pounds annually, which accounts for over half of the total food distributed.
Suzan is a 2017 inductee into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame, which honors local outstanding local women for their contributions to the community. She is currently vice chair of Feeding America’s Western Region and serves on the Feeding America Ending Hunger advisory committee. Suzan has formerly served as both board chair and board president of the California Association of Food Banks and has been a member of Feeding America’s Policy Engagement and Advocacy Committee (PEAC) advisory committee. Suzan also serves on the advisory committees for Food Day and Junior League of Oakland-East Bay.
Suzan attended California College of the Arts and was a participant in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She lives in Moraga with her husband, John.